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I'm In Stitches!, Issue #002 -- Crochet in the face of danger!
October 03, 2006
Easy Instructions, Best Results!

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October 3rd 2006 - Issue # 2

In this issue you'll find...
  • A Beary Hairy Story
  • Want To Sell Your Crafts From Home?
  • Strike It Lucky At Yard Sales
  • What's New At
  • Tip of the Month

  • A Beary Hairy Story

    This truly happened to me just a couple of weeks ago...I was sitting in my living room crocheting, rushing to finish a project for a gift the next day when I heard a boom, boom, banging against the side of the house. My heart raced as my Hubby was in bed already. I thought at first it might have been the firewood becoming dislodged and rolling down to the patio, but no.

    My heart leaped as I realized what it could be. I dropped my work and raced to wake up my Hubby. I said, "I think there's a bear trying to get into the freezer!" He leaped up, grabbed a flashlight and out he went to the patio, turned on the light and there they were! Yes - THEY! He saw 2 bears and thought there was another one or two further off behind a tree.

    They had pulled the chest freezer over onto its front and the food was spilled on the patio. We could hear them moving around for almost an hour. I was stood at the front door with it open in case he needed to dash back to safety.

    After a while we realized they had departed and were raiding the dumpster down the road a little way. While Hubby stood guard, I dashed in and out rescuing the spilled fodder. When I was done, we carried the freezer inside. They had pulled the cord out of the back, there were claw marks in the top and the back of the lid was buckled. Wow, were they strong.

    By this time it was almost midnight and I had to then find space for the frozen loot in the inside fridge/freezer. Finally I was done.

    Back to my crochet - heart still pounding, but I did finish the gift. Who says crochet isn't dangerous?

    Afterwards - ever the crafter - I was thinking - shame they didn't leave some hair behind - I'd like to have tried spinning or felting some of that!!

    Want To Sell Your Crafts From Home?

    If you've ever thought of selling your crafts from home, you'll know that it's not easy. There's so much to think about when you're considering a home-based crafting business.

    Why not check out this very well-written and informative site all about building a home-based crafts business. There's a wealth of information here about

    • what to consider
    • how to decide what to make
    • business information
    • various selling possibilities
    • and much more...
    Then you can decide for yourself if you want to try a craft business or keep your crafting as a hobby.

    Visit Craft Selling Parties now and help yourself make an important decision.

    Strike It Lucky At Yard Sales

    Have you ever been to yard or garage sales? You know - I just discovered this wonderful phenomenon when I came over to the States. They don't do it in England (as far as I know).

    The saying "One womans trash is another womans treasure" is just so true! I mean - I regularly read through a small local free newspaper and look for garage sales. I don't by any means visit them all - I'd be out all day if that was the case. I do, however, look out for those magic words "craft supplies, yarn, etc.", and make sure to try to visit those ones.

    Recently I found a great haul. I asked if they had any craft stuff, and the lady said she had some in her truck - it was all bits and pieces of yarn and thread, she said. There were 6 boxes of treasure! Can you believe it? It was my lucky day!

    I hunted through and decided on 5 boxes, paid, loaded them in the car, then thought, "Hey, why leave just one box?", so went back for the last one. I paid $12 and got 2.5 trash bags full of all colors and all thicknesses of crochet thread. The motherlode!

    So needless to say - look out for some patterns popping up in crochet thread in the not too distant future. I'm thinking jewellery - that's all you get to know for now. Just wait and see what I come up with. I have some really fun ideas!

    What's New At

    Just an update about which are new pages uploaded for the month of September...

    A baby car seat blanket that can't be kicked off no matter how hard baby tries.

    Share this crafting site with anyone you think may be interested by using the easy links and information on this page. Also - for helping to spread the word - you can download a free e-book.

    A page about linen. Learn more about this interesting and useful fiber. Did you know it comes from a plant?

    Learn some tips for selling on eBay.

    Another alternative if you don't have a washing machine is boiling wool. Yup - boil your project in a pot on the stove - check it out!

    A beautiful octagon baby afghan pattern is available free for you.

    A little information about me, just in case you're the curious sort.

    And finally a cable hat purse neckwarmer pattern, including a picture of the gift recipient I talked about earlier in "A Beary Hairy Story".

    Tip of the Month

    How about this for some ideas how to mark the end of a row - either working in the round or just straight with any type of yarn...

    Try using

    • quilters pins (like safety pins without the coil)
    • bobby pins (hair grips)
    • colored paper clips
    • hair bands (ponytail holders)
    • or pieces of a contrast color yarn

    All of these are easy to insert and remove without harming your stitches.

    And here we are at the end of another newletter. I hope you've enjoyed reading about my antics.

    Don't forget to stay tuned for next months edition of I'm In Stitches - the monthly ezine of

    What will I get up to next???

    Comments? Ideas? Suggestions? Feedback? Sock it to me! I'd love to hear what you have to say. Just reply to this ezine and tell me what you think.

    Happy crafting, and please drop by regularly to see what fun new ideas Woolcrafting has in store for you.

    Now grab that hook and go, go, go....

    Best Wishes
    from Jill Wright

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